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The Ecotourism Society annual conference - ESTC15 has just closed in Quito Ecuador and has been hailed as a roaring success   520 participants attended from 30 countries, and there were keynote presentations from Jeff Parrish of WWF, Antoine George of Peru, and the Minister of Tourism of Ecuador, Sandra Naranjo.   During the ESTC15, Ecuador announced its commitment to the GSTC Criteria as a national standard, and was awarded a plaque for their national sustainability criteria being recognized by the GSTC.   The conference connected live via skype to the European...
What’s In The Bush – Part 2: Birds From TIES Member ECHIDNA WALKABOUT NATURE TOURS   Downunder is on top, for birds anyway!   This world map is upside down, because this really is the right way up when it comes to birdlife.   This infographic shows the distribution of the large birds of the world (not including the geese & swans, which are worldwide). As you can see, large birds have a predominantly southern distribution.     The world’s biggest birds – Ostriches – can only be seen in Africa. Their similarly enormous relatives,...
The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) is pleased to announce "The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends and Statistics 2015". This report examines a wide range of surveys and studies done in the past five years to assess commitment to responsible travel, that is, "travel that minimizes negative impacts, brings economic benefits to host communities, and preserves the cultural and natural resources of the destinations.
Un-Cruise Makes Sustainable Partnership Spotting a whale from the Safari Endeavour in Mexico (Haley Rowell)   One of our favorite ship operators, Un-Cruise Adventures, has become the FIRST cruise line to partner with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch. This means a formal promise to serve only seafood caught or farmed by ocean-friendly techniques. "We're committed to serving sustainable seafood across our fleet of yachts and small ships," Un-Cruise CEO, Dan Blanchard stated. "It's the right thing to do, and we believe our guests will agree."  ...
Sustainable Tourism Certification Quickfinder Launched Which certificate to choose?   More than 170 certification programmes on sustainable tourism are meanwhile operating worldwide: businesses, tour operators and destinations never had a greater choice of regional, national and international labels to proof their “green” commitment and performance regarding environmentally sound and socially responsible sustainability. And they never had more questions in order to make a proper choice:    Which of these certificates are available in which country? Which...
Ministry of Nature Resources of Russian Federation   Information post release after the First Internet Conference on Ecotourism in Russia     Ecotourism initiatives in Russia may become an alternative to holidays abroad for Russian tourists during the different macroeconomic situation of the country.   This was stated by Mr.Rinat Gizatulin, the Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, at his opening speech at the Internet conference, "Protected Areas as a strategic element for the ecotourism development in the Russian Federation."  ...
How does a koala climb? Part 1: The claws This article first appeared on the blog, Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours Australian Wildlife in the Wild   Koalas have very long, very sharp claws. Both hands and feet have claws on every digit, except the big toe!   The claws of the hands are particularly sharp and strong. Several times I’ve seen a koala slip and almost fall off a branch. But if even one claw has good contact with the tree, the koala can usually haul itself back up.     The sharpness of the claws helps a koala to climb big trees. If the tree is larger...
  Local Consuming in Torres del Paine   by Timothy Dhalleine   This article first appeared on EcoCamp Patagonia's blog   Awareness about the advantages of consuming locally produced products luckily are growing. Everyone has their reasons: reducing their carbon footprint, helping local producers, eating healthier food, etc. However, in Patagonia the issue is even bigger: its remoteness makes importation necessary, yet expensive and environmentally unfriendly. When products are imported, a company’s carbon footprint increases, as a result of the significant and...
Traveler Demand Supports Conservation in Developing Countries in 2015   By Sheridan Samano   According to the World Tourism Organization (WTO), travelers will spend more than $200 billion dollars in developing countries this year. Tourism has long been one of the top income-generating industries in well over 80% of all developing countries around the world. Because of this income and employment-generating potential, governments and communities are increasingly protecting and placing greater value on resources tied to tourism, such as wildlife, protected lands and cultural heritage...
  Contact: Mercedes Hunt Telephone: 801-585-6503 Email: info@ecotourism.org Website: www.ecotourism.org   March 13, 2015     INTERNATIONAL ECOTOURISM SOCIETY EXPECTS LARGEST CONFERENCE IN ITS HISTORY     The Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference in Quito, Ecuador will  be the best attended in the Society’s 25 year history   New York, NY, March 13, 2015– The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) will hold its international conference, the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (...
Interview: D’Arcy Dornan on Sustainable Tourism   This original article first appeared in Sustainability Leaders in Travel and Tourism.   If there were an award for best networker in sustainable tourism, D’Arcy Dornan would have a good chance at taking it home. In this interview, the sustainability and tourism teacher, researcher and consultant shares his thoughts and expertise as member of the Research and Education Council for The International Ecotourism Society and Brazil Country Representative for the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).     ...
INTERVIEW: Matt Kareus of IGTOA on Galapagos Conservation   This interview first appeared on Green Global Travel     We first met Matt Kareus two years ago, when he was working with Sustainable Travel International and Natural Habitat, and we were newbie bloggers trying to find our feet. He asked us to contribute a few ecotourism posts to the STI blog, we gladly obliged, and we ended up working together on various other projects.   Now, Kareus has assumed the role of Executive Director of the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association, a non-profit coalition of...
ADVENTURE TRAVEL AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AT ITB BERLIN   View the original article on ITB Berlin   More than 130 exhibitors from 40 countries with information on sustainable tourism and adventure travel in Hall 4.1 at ITB Berlin – Papers on adventure travel and socially responsible tourism at the tenth PowWow for trade visitors – Award Ceremony of the first ITB National Geographic World Legacy Awards at the ITB Convention     From 4 to 8 March 2015 visitors to ITB Berlin can obtain inspiration for planning their next holidays in socially responsible ways....
What’s in The Bush? An overview of Aussie & New Zealand wildlife. Part 1: Mammals   This blog first appeared on Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours     Now you’re Downunder, everything is upside down.   Our mammals lay eggs, our reptiles care for their babies, birds are flightless but mammals fly, and Orion does a headstand in the starry sky.   You’ll meet our mammals, birds and reptiles. You’ll see how many of them live in female-dominated and matriarchal societies. Many of them breed communally too. Its all part of living Downunder! So to...
Ecotourism Generates 8 Billion Visits A Year   This original blog post first appeared in EcoWorldly     PLOS Biology, an open source, peer reviewed biology journal, has published a new study which estimates the world’s protected environment areas generate 8 billion visits every year, 80% of them in Europe and North America. The numbers for the US say ecotourism generates approximately $600 billion annually in direct in-country expenditures and $250 billion each year in consumer surplus. The point of the study is that protecting natural habitats from ecological damage is...
Is Blogging an Effective Content Marketing Tool for Travel Brands?    by Ayako Ezaki   This original article first appeared on TrainingAid.     Our Tourism Training Live session last month focused on digital marketing strategies for tourism businesses, including search performance, website techniques and social media marketing, all in the context of effective content marketing approaches. (You can see the recording of this session here).   One of the questions addressed during the above session was "Should I blog?" - a question that came from a small...
LITHUANIA: Responsible Dog Sledding in Neris Regional Park   This blog first appeared in Green Global Travel.     Raise your hand if you’d like to go dog sledding.   I imagine a wave of hands will fly up across the cyber-world, fingers stretching in the air. I mean, gliding across a frozen landscape, with no sound other than the dogs’ paws, muted by the snow as they reach top speed… who wouldn’t love the idea?   Great. But what about the dogs? Are they happy? Are they treated well? What is the difference between dog sledding and, say,...
  Endemic mammal families of the world: Part 1 Australasian Ecozone     This original blog first appeared on Echidna Walkabout's blog.   In Australia, we grow up knowing that most of our mammals are found nowhere else on earth. We almost take that for granted, but it really is an incredible legacy!   But which mammal families are endemic to Australia? Which are endemic to Australia+New Guinea and their islands? Which are endemic to the region east of the Wallace Line (incl Sulawesi, New Guinea, Australia)?   How does our level of endemism compare to other...
Latin Trails adds HakunaMatata Amazon lodge to its portfolio Ecuador based tour operator, to provide stability to sustainable eco friendly property in the Amazon rainforest.   February 9,
2015
(Quito, Ecuador)
–Latin Trails tour operator, which has been operating for over 20 years on the local market in Quito - Ecuador, has recently acquired a small Eco-lodge to its diverse travel property portfolio. The Hakuna Matata eco-lodge is located in the Ecuadorian Amazon, nearby the small town of Archidona, where exclusive nature lovers can fully enjoy from a "close watch" the...
  Greenpop has just launched their Zambia Festival of Action 2015 and is calling on people to…   Branch out and be the change!     Why Zambia?   Zambia has one of the highest deforestation rates in the world. After decades of poor land management, slash and burn farming methods, unsustainable logging and tree-cutting for charcoal, Zambia currently has an estimated deforestation rate of 250 000 to 300 000 hectares per year - that’s twice the size of Houston, Texas.   Greenpop has run their annual Zambia Festival of Action in Livingstone since 2012,...